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  1. I have the other nights in place for our July Seattle trip using pts./free stays and only needed to pay full price for one night, 7/5. I decided to be a little more aggressive with my bidding since I presume the holiday period around 7/4 through the weekend will be busy. I used the PRICELINE link to start my bidding. I bid $105.00/4* Seattle Downtown - Pike Place, then $115.00/4* Seattle Airport (SEA), then $120.00/4* Bellevue. $120.00 bid accepted for the Sheraton Seattle (Downtown - Pike Place)...happy with that! Not my favorite Seattle hotel, but fine for the last night of our stay. I believe we have stayed in over fifteen Seattle hotels over the years...we're making the rounds. :) Room Subtotal: $120.00 Taxes & Fees: $26.75 Total Charged to Card: $146.75
  2. No, this was a direct purchase through Holiday Inn. As I continued to check the Hotwire rates before our trip, the nightly rate (which I believe was for The Holiday Inn- AUSTIN-TOWN LAKE) never went below the cost of making the reservation directly with the hotel. I believe you are correct, thereuare ...collectively, a lot of rooms were purchased for these days. There were some "conventioneers" roaming about the city, as well.
  3. We ended up staying at the The Holiday Inn- AUSTIN-TOWN LAKE. $808.45 (USD) for the four nights. Nice stay, but kind of pricey! I never figured out why the room rates in Austin were so high during our stay...besides Cinco de Mayo, a street fair downtown, and a big softball tournament over the weekend. Didn't see a whole lot else going on.
  4. When I started this thread, the room in question was going for $148.00, it was a one day sale. Since then, the rate for the same hotel (I believe) has been over $200.00. I believe the hotel is the Holiday Inn. I checked the UT graduation ceremony schedule and they don't start until after we leave. I dunno'...maybe folks roll into town early for that? Huge university, so lots of people! I have back-ups for... The Holiday Inn- AUSTIN-TOWN LAKE: Sat 5 May 2012 - $190.00 (USD) 1 room(s) Sun 6 May 2012 - Tue 8 May 2012 $171.00 (USD) 1 room(s) Tax: $105.45 (USD) Estimated Total Price: $808.45 (USD) Residence Inn Marriot: Saturday, May 5, 2012 - Wednesday, May 9, 2012 ( 4 nights ) 288.00 AAA rate, AAA membership card required Estimated government taxes and fees 43.20 Total for stay (for all rooms) 1,324.80 <-----TOO MUCH!! I need to save my money for Europe this summer! I have a lot of Marriot gift cards, but I'm not going to waste them on this. Need to cancel! DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area: Rate Information: Rate Type: AAA RATE Rate per night: 129.00 USD Total for Stay per Room: Rate 516.00 USD Taxes 77.40 USD Total 593.40 USD Decent rate, but the location might be a little too far from the action. We prefer to walk or cab it, I don't want to rent a car. Total for Stay: 593.40 USD
  5. I ended up not booking this room, but have some backups in place. I will complete the thread before we leave. I'm curious, though. My husband and I travel to many cities in the USA, but I have never encountered a city where hotel rooms are at such a high nightly rate. Most 3 - 4* rooms are well over $200.00 Is this the norm for Austin? Am I missing something...is something going on during this time? I have been pricing rooms in Austin for well over six weeks. Room rates seem to be going up during our visit dates, rather than falling. I'm glad I have the backups in place. Any info/experience from others regarding Austin would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  6. I am doing a search including two guests, May 5 - 9. Amenities: Airport Shuttle, Fitness Center, Restaurant(s), Laundry Facilities (self-service), High-Speed Internet Access I am thinking it is the Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake. Any other ideas? TIA! :)
  7. Going to Phoenix for Spring Training! This looks like a great deal... Amenities: Airport Shuttle Smoke Free Rooms Fitness Center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) High-Speed Internet Access 4.0 out of 5 Trip Advisor Rating. Hotel Rate per night: $55.00 Nights: 3 Rooms: 1 Tax recovery charges & fees: $33.62 Total: $198.62
  8. Amenities: Smoke Free Rooms Fitness Center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business Center Laundry Facilities (self-service) High-Speed Internet Access Rate per night:$83.00 Nights:2 Rooms:1 Tax recovery charges & fees:$34.20 Subtotal:$200.20 Trip total:$200.20
  9. 3* Nashville (Downtown-Vanderbilt-Metrocenter) Holiday Inn Express $114 ... 10/25/11-10/29/11 Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Fitness Center, Pool(s), Business Center, High-Speed Internet Access Rate per night: $114.00 Nights: 4 Rooms: 1 Tax recovery charges & fees: $85.84 Trip total: $541.84
  10. I am doing a search for two occupants, the amenities listed are: Comp. breakfast, fitness center, pool(s), business center, and high-speed internet access I am thinking it is probably the Holiday Inn Express, which would be nice. We stayed there last May from a Hotwire purchase and it was a satisfactory hotel in a great location. ($80.00 per night in May.) These amenities also fit the Hampton Inn, which would be awesome. My question is this: I've been watching this property for a few days. It jumped in price from $116.00 to $122.00 today. I was hoping it would drop a bit, and then I would make my reservation. Am I dumb to wait? This is the weekend leading into Halloween, so I'm thinking it might be very busy. But I have no idea what goes on in Nashville for that holiday...do they celebrate in a big way like some other cities do? Should I go for it or wait? I do have a backup reservation, which I am getting more apprehensive about...that property has some very unfavorable recent reviews on TripAdvisor. TIA, any advice would be appreciated! As always, LOVE (and appreciate) your site! :) I do all my searches (and will purchase) through your HOTWIRE link.
  11. I've been watching the price on this almost every day. The price stayed at $85.00 for a while, went up to $90.00, then down to $80.00...so I took the plunge. YAYYY! Yes, it is the Holiday Inn Express Nashville! :) 5 nights @ $80.00 + $87.40 (tax recovery charges and fees) = $487.40
  12. Thank you for your reply, Aaron. Aren't the icons I listed the same icons you have listed under the Hotwire hotel listing for the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown? "3* Holiday Inn Express Downtown (previously 3.5*) Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Business "
  13. Doing a search for two occupants. Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Fitness Center, Pool(s), Business Center, High-Speed Internet Access Recommended in 90% of customer reviews Customer rating on TripAdvisor, 4.0 out of 5.0 Thanks for your help! :)
  14. Recommended in 95% of Hotwire customer reviews. 4.0 out of 5 Traveler rating provided by TripAdvisor. Amenities: Airport Shuttle, Fitness Center, Pool, Restaurant and Hi-Speed Internet Access Going to AZ for Spring Training. I was kind of hoping for a different airport hotel. Oh, well...I am sure the Radisson will be fine. I now need to book a separate reservation for a hotel close by for arrival late Thursday evening, 3/24. When I included 3/24 as my start date, the rates were much higher.
  15. This is the hotel I was hoping for. In the past I have won bids for less on Priceline, but I did not want to take my chance of ending up with the Hotel Phillips. After reading the board, and searching other wins, I was fairly certain this hotel would be the Westin Crown Center....:) Thanks! Oh, yes...and even happier because the Westin's rates are $200.00+ on most other sites. 4* Westin Crown Center Amenities: Smoke Free Rooms, Fitness Center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business Center, High-Speed Internet Access, Spa Services